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The FTC Is Probing Sony’s Bungie Acquisition

The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly opening an inquiry into Sony’s planned acquisition of Bungie, marking a notable ramp-up in federal oversight of gaming mergers during a period of major industry consolidation.

According to sources speaking with The Information, last week the FTC began seeking more information about the deal in an investigation that could potentially delay its closing by six months or even more. Though a closing date wasn’t announced alongside the initial announcement, The Information reports it could be pushed into early 2023.

The FTC is reportedly focused on concerns that Sony might be motivated to prevent competing companies and services, such as Xbox, from accessing Bungie’s games such as Destiny 2. That means examining how popular Destiny is, and whether a possible restriction would meaningfully harm Sony’s competitors and create antitrust violations. While Sony has publicly committed to keeping Bungie games cross-platform, its ability to restrict both current titles and future releases in the future is a point of antitrust concern.

Read the source article at ign.com

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